Sister Fox dismayed by deportation order
After more than 27 years of missionary work in the Philippines, 71-year old nun Sister Patricia Fox is filled with disappointment with the government’s order to deport her from the country.
Sister Fox has been ordered deported by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) after the nun reportedly violated the “limitations and conditions” of her missionary visa.
Aside from deportation, the BI also included Fox in its blacklist. Blacklisted foreigners are barred from returning to the country.
“Well of course, I’m disappointed, but that’s the order, and we’ll look at what we can do about it,” Fox told reporters in a phone interview on Thursday.
Asked if she will appeal the BI’s order, Fox said, “That was the plan. I’ll talk to the lawyers tomorrow, probably.”
Lawyer Maria Sol Taule, one of Sister Fox’s legal counsels, said, “Of course, we’re dismayed because we articulated our position in our counter affidavit and memorandum on the deportation case.”
“Sister Pat did not engage in political activities. She is doing her missionary work here. Again, we will exhaust all remedies available to us,” Taule said. /je
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